Originally Posted by Fedaykin
The problem is your definition of "artifically high" seems to be "enough to make a decent living for an honest day's work".
Wal-Mart abuses the social safety net to boost profits. The only way they can continue to operate the way they do is because the public picks up their slack. Without that, they'd have to actually pay a decent wage.
Of course, at this point you'll probably responds "SEE, public assistance is a horrible thing!" or some such nonsense, which misses the point entirely.
No, the point is either the glass is half empty or it's half full.
What's better... an employed checker making enough to cover at least some of their needs.
Or an unemployed checker replaced by a machine and who has no real marketable non-automatible skills while sitting at home and relying completely on public assistance?